PITTSBURG — Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau reports an increase in the demand for hotel rooms in the county, despite a slight drop in occupancy percentage.

According to a release, through three quarters in 2018, more than 80,000 hotel rooms have been filled in the county, exceeding 2017’s year-to-date numbers by more than 10,000.
“Tourism in Crawford County during 2018 has been tremendous,” Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Devin Gorman said in the the release. “We have hosted an incredible amount of events in Crawford County this year, and we are looking forward to a great final quarter filled with events as well.”

Events such as the 2018 Kansas Shrine Bowl, and the 2018 NCAA Division II Men's Indoor Track & Field National Championship, that was held at the Robert W. Plaster Center, have brought tourism to the area. These events also allow for larger events to continue to be hosted in Crawford County, Gorman said.

He said the events showcase Crawford County and Pittsburg, and all money reinvested back into the bureau goes towards more events, meetings and conventions to the area.

Gorman said these funds help community sponsorships and grants which support initiatives “to help their event be more successful and grow” and could bring people throughout Crawford County — which in the past and future includes the Four State Farm Show, Little Balkans Days, and the D2 Club Baseball National Championship. The focus of these events are to generate overnight stays.

“It’s exciting to continue to explore new opportunities, whether sporting, meetings or conventions in town,” Gorman said. “We are willing to talk to local businesses in the community. We are always looking to partner with the community.”

People interested in partnering with the bureau may call 620-231-1212.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.